|Bonbon Cakery Guide ✍|
Beginner Gameplay Tips Edit
- You get a free refill of creation points the first time you run out of them.
- You can get $50,000 from the secretary twice by running low on money. The easiest way to earn it is by running promotions.
- When upgrading ingredients using Items, use as many copies of the same item for each upgrade.
- Using 10-29 copies of the same item will give an extra 20% XP.
- Using 30-49 copies of the same item will give an extra 50% XP.
- Using more than 50 copies of the same item will give an extra 100% XP.
- You only need to keep one of each equipment, as truck sales do not consume anything.
- Calorie limits can be increased by upgrading their respective base. All Ingredient calorie counts can be reduced by upgrading using certain ingredients.
- Even though you have high level sweets, make sure you also put out cheap sweets or else low level customers cannot buy your sweets due to not having enough money. You can check their respective wallet size under the "Customers" menu.
Beginner Bakery Tips Edit
- When putting up shelves, put them as close to the counter as possible, to reduce the time it takes for your staff to walk from the sweet stock to the shelf to restock.
- If you are running low on money, use a different shelf that uses less upkeep.
- As is the case with the Ramen Sensei, it's better to have more staff handling the shelves and register than bakers in the kitchen. Two staff working the kitchen is plenty for the beginning and mid game.
- It is best to buy bakery upgrades (i.e. Add Sweet Stock, Productivity Up) as soon as they are made available. While expensive, these drastically improve your bakery and will help you make more money faster in the long term.
- Whipped Cream is the most versatile ingredient in the game for the following reasons: Syrups generally gain more stats per level up in comparison to Decors, giving it insanely high stats at very high levels, it's also one of the syrups that gains volume as the level increases. The "Cream" category exists in 18 out of 24 recipes in the game, making it the most common category in the entire game. Finally, the Whipped Cream is the most powerful "Cream Syrup" in the game, while being initially available as you start the game as an added bonus.
- For the beginning of the game, while the sweets' levels are low, it is best to change the stocked sweets to follow the trends. For sweets to be stocked immediately in the morning for trendy months, change the sweets on the shelves at 19:00 the month prior to give your staff time to bake and stock them.
- If you have more than three or four shelves, however, try to keep stock of sweets that are trendy different times of the year to reduce shelf dumping costs. The best sweets to stock are ones that are popular for more than two consecutive months. Customers will still buy unpopular sweets, especially if they are high level.
- It's best to level up each Supplier to Level 2 as soon as possible. Every time you level up an existing supplier, not only do you get a new plate from the newly unlocked supplier to build recipes with and a +1 increase to your max CP, your CP also gets completely refilled.
- It is recommended that you level up Sunny Farm to Level 2 as soon as possible, so you can build the high-level Recipes that require a large plate.
Truck Sales Edit
- For Truck Sales, there are three different stats you must take into account: Stamina, Appeal, and Buzz.
- Stamina is how long the truck driver can sell sweets until he becomes exhausted and comes back to the bakery. Customers will deplete Stamina, and will deplete it even more if there are no sweets that the costumers like. Stock your truck with sweets that the customers in the area like to reduce Stamina consumption. If Stamina runs out in the middle of the trip, the truck driver will return to the bakery and you must pay 10 Premium Tickets to collect the first half of lost sales and treasure. The longer the trip, the more Stamina it costs to return home safely.
- Appeal changes how many sweets are sold in one trip. The higher the Appeal, the more sweets are sold, and the more money you acquire when the driver returns.
- Finally, Buzz increases the amount of customers attracted to the truck. More customers mean different tastes. To see what the tastes of the customers you will attract are, check your Buzz level. Buzz does not directly affect how many sweets are sold, because customers can be attracted to the truck but can decide to not buy anything.
- To see whether a sweet is liked or not in an area, you can check the list of customers, as well as previous sales logs in that area. Low sales for a sweet does not necessarily mean it is not liked or even unpopular, and likewise, a sweet that sells a lot does not necessarily mean it's liked--truck sales seem to be relatively random. The sales log will tell you whether customers enjoy the sweet they bought or not.
- Your assistant implies whether the sweets you choose to sell will be liked in the area or not when she comments on how well the trip will go, right before you send the truck off. Her saying that "he's got plenty of stamina" indicates that you chose the right sweets, while statements like "with luck, he may be able to make a successful trip" or "I'm really worried about his stamina" likely indicates a bad selection of sweets, since disliked sweets take more Stamina to sell. Be aware that these statements can also reflect the truck's chosen equipment and trip time, so pay attention.
- For each contest, there are three judges that score different stats of the recipe. Most times, judges will only grade up to 100 each, but if the quality of the recipe is far above the expected quality for the contest, and if the sweetness and texture is just right, judges can sometimes score recipes over 100, upwards to 240.
- The first judge grades the Volume stat.
- The second judge grades the Taste stat.
- The third judge grades the Aroma stat.
- Winning a contest will earn you whatever the contest's prize is, as well as an influx of customers. If you win a Level 3 contest, your maximum CP will raise by 1, and you will have fully completed all levels of that contest.
- You can win a contest by merely having your entry's score match the highest score of your competitors' entries.
- If you find yourself stuck in a contest, try the following steps:
- Switch to a lower quality supplier that you have fully upgraded to Level 10.
- Wait until following month so you are fully switched to this L10 supplier.
- Create the recipe that you intend to enter the contest with.
- Switch the Supplier back.
- Enter the contest before 14:00 with the recipe you created.
- Optional: Running the Recipe Lab isn't a bad idea either if a one-point increase in sweetness or texture (change from Moist to Light, for example) is enough to nudge your recipe towards a win. It is advisable, however, to have a healthy stockpile of medals and a relatively full-stocked shop to ensure you can finish the Lab successfully.
The reason for these series of steps is partly explained in the first popup dialog from Manage -> Change Suppliers: "Supplier quality will even affect sweet recipes that you have created in the past." Creating the recipe with the lower-quality L10 supplier allows you to receive all the bonuses offered by that supplier while switching to the higher quality supplier afterward boosts the overall quality of the recipe. When the contest is being held, you are in effect entering with a recipe created with the quality stat of your higher quality supplier, with the bonuses from the lower quality L10 supplier.
- Yule Logs are one of the most overpowered recipes you can create and will allow you to brute-force almost every contest up to Angelic Desserts Lv. 1 - and make lots of money with it. To make one:
- Supplier: Sunny Farms (best if you have this supplier at maximum level - all recipes will have maxed Sweetness and Texture). Use another supplier if the contest specifically demands low Sweetness or Texture.
- Plate: Japanese Plate (unlock Local Market) or Colorful Plate (unlock Sunny Farm) at 4 toppings, Dessert Plate (unlock at Future Farm), or Elegant Plate (unlock Mall Mart).
- Yule Log recipes (decor in order):
- Four toppings: Cake Roll base, Chocolate Decor, Whipped Cream, Chocolate Decor, Sprinkles.
- Five toppings: Cake Roll base, Chocolate Decor, Whipped Cream, Chocolate Decor, Whipped Cream, Sprinkles.
- Six toppings: Waffle base, Whipped Cream, Whipped Cream (creates Cake Roll base), Chocolate Decor, Whipped Cream, Chocolate Decor, Sprinkles.
- Seven or more toppings: It is recommended to use Large Plate only decor to boost the originality score. Otherwise, use Whipped Cream to boost stats even more.
- Finishing Touch: Matt Lesko if the resulting recipe has too many calories (null for "Be Cake and Eat It" and "Monsterous Cakes" contests). Otherwise, use Bunny Lapin or Tiger Hoods to increase stats even further.
- Suppliers affect the maximum stats of the recipes with their quality, so do not forget to switch to the highest quality supplier possible before entering the contest.
- Please note that suppliers raise the cap as well. For example, a maxed Sunny Farms with 81 quality will increase the cap by 81%, increasing the stats of an otherwise maxed recipe with stats of 999 to 1808 (although the real stats will be hidden if they surpass the displayed limit). Two recipes might have 999 displayed, but one might exceed the other, assuming at least one had less than 999 without the supplier. As the displayed stat cap increases with limit removals, so does the supplier's hidden stat cap. See further explanation here
- Topping the Yule Log with Sprinkles significantly increases its "Originality" stat which will otherwise block you from winning certain contests no matter how high your stat scores are. Examples of these contests are Yummy & Fluffy and Safari Style.
- As the Whipped Cream will be used in the majority of recipes, it's strongly recommended to manually level up Yule Logs with medals and items in order to keep up with the Whipped Cream's insane leveling and its increasing Kcal. A cheaper, but timely, solution would be selling Yule Log recipes alone.
Creation Tips Edit
- If you add a Syrup immediately after adding another Syrup, you will still get the same stat increases, but you will not get any combos that increase stats even more, so it is not recommended. Add a decor between the Syrups instead.
- Using extracts, like the Choco Extract or Vanilla Extract, will remove any appearance of Syrup if added directly after the syrup. However, you will still have the Syrup stats, so if you regret using a Syrup for its appearance, using an Extract is an easy way to erase it.
- Using medals or items to level up your Bases, Decors, and Syrups is vital for better scores. Leveling bases up will increase calorie limits as well as normal stats, and leveling up Decor and Syrups will decrease their calories and increase normal stats. However, since you can buy Bases at Pumpkin Products, you do not need to upgrade the Sponge Cake unless you plan on making a recipe from the ground up (which is not recommended due to the limited amount of toppings and the ability to upgrade all Bases anyway).
- Some special recipe bases, like the Tart, Baumkuchen, and Choco Torte, can only be bought from Pumpkin Products once. Otherwise, they can only be collected by winning Hall of Fame challenges. While you can still make them from scratch, it is recommended to only use the bases you can buy for creating higher tier recipes or for winning difficult contests.
- If you're running low on CP, the Truck will often give you treasures that replenish CP after returning from a trip.
- As stated previously, Whipped Cream is one of the most important and most used ingredients in the entire game, so it is recommended to upgrade it often.
- If you're the creative type, some Decor will fully change color if you apply a Syrup immediately after them (as opposed to just adding the syrup on top of the Decor). Examples include Yam Cream, Almonds, Choco Deluxe, and Silver Sprinkles. Jelly is the only Base that will fully change color too.
- Different sweets will be trendy in different months. You can view the list here. However, some ingredients tend to be popular in different months as well, regardless of the Base. Using berries and fruit Decor will increase that sweet's popularity in the Spring months, and using chocolate Decor will increase that sweet's popularity in the Winter months.
- If you are having trouble getting your customers an aura or winning contests like Aromaniax:
- First, level your Whipped Cream up to level 20 or above, then use them on some of your recipes. This can be useful if you are creating recipes that require multiple creams. You can also use Rose Water, but Whipped Cream adds Taste, is less expensive than Rose Water, and can achieve the same or higher levels of Aroma when upgraded enough.
- Make recipes with high default Aroma scores, such as Kairo Imo Yokan, Wairo Cake, or Macaron Tower, or easier recipes like the Yule Log, Bavarian Cream, or Vanilla Ice Cream.
- Use Hani Sweets' finishing touch.
- The Desert Plate is the only plate in the game that adds 8 levels of texture instead of the usual 3 levels for all other plates. It is recommended to use this plate for contests that require high texture.
- The more consecutive days you play Bonbon Bakery, the more things you will unlock. Other than Premium Tickets, you can unlock the Recipe Lab and Item Crafting after a number of days, both of which are extremely helpful for gameplay.
- Customers will level up with Satisfaction and will give you certain gifts or opportunities when they hit certain levels. To increase Satisfaction, stock their favorite sweets or sweets with similar texture and sweetness to their preferences.